Council

Council Members

councilCon Roux: Chairman

Educated at St Dunstan’s and St Alban’s College.  He holds a BA LLB Degree from Wits, and a Diploma in Business Management.

Con has worked as an Attorney, been Managing Director of Con Roux Limited, worked for the Wits Vaal Regional Peace Secretariat, Murray and Roberts, and is currently Commercial Manager for the N3 Toll Concession (Pty) Ltd where he is responsible for commercial and legal matters, public relations and communication, insurance, marketing, human relations, corporate social investment and community affairs.

Besides Con’s long-time involvement as a Council Member of St Dunstan’s College, he is also actively involved in the Northfield Methodist Church, Hospice East Rand, Kairos Prison Ministry and Benoni Northerns Sports Club.

Patrick Jardine: Vice Chairman

Patrick Jardine is a Civil Engineer and has worked for Fraser Alexander since 1990, firstly in the bulk materials handling division as their Managing Director, before transferring to the tailings division in 2000 also as Managing Director.

Patrick is responsible for management of the company’s tailings division worldwide, in Southern, Central and West Africa, Europe, Asia and South America, with the objective of growing the company locally and internationally into new markets.

Michael McConnachie: Rector

Mr McConnachie is married with a daughter of 27 and a son of 20. He matriculated at CBC in Cape Town (headboy as well as scholar/sportsman of the year 1976) before completing a Higher Diploma of Education in Commerce at UCT in 1981 and a BA through UNISA in 1990. His majors were history and psychology.

He was the Deputy Headmaster at St Stithian’s College.  Prior to this appointment, Mr McConnachie taught accounting at Pinelands High School, where he later served as Business Manager and ultimately Deputy Principal.

Mr McConnachie is a committed Christian and person of great integrity. His referees describe his principle-centred leadership, his passion, his concern for the individual, his belief in saying thank you, and his wide knowledge that comes from prodigious reading.  An associate reflects on his ability as a coach and states that his hockey sides “would have walked on coals for him”.  He describes himself in the following terms:  “I have a great and continuous desire to learn and am both a strategic and futuristic thinker.  I focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence.  I am intrigued by the unique qualities of each person.”

Mr McConnachie has a particular passion for leadership and the role it plays in the development of individuals and groups.  He is a sportsman through and through, having captained the Western Province Colts hockey side and coached at a national level.

Lana Devereux: Business Manager

Lana Devereux is married with two children, aged nine and four.  She holds an Accounting degree, a Human Resources degree and an MBA.   She has worked in numerous industries as a Financial Manager as well as HR Manager in South-Africa as well as abroad.

Lorraine Barry: Chair of the Council Finance Committee

Chair of the Council Finance Committee.

Craig McIlrath: Preparatory Headmaster

Craig is married to Vanessa and they have 2 children currently at St Dunstan’s.

Craig has an HDE (JCE), a BA degree (UNISA), an Honours Degree, BEd (Educational Management) (UNISa) and a Masters Degree, Med (Educational Management) Cum Laude (UJ).

He was Deputy Headmaster of Uplands College, Headmaster of Felixton College Preparatory and is currently the Headmaster of St Dunstan’s College Preparatory School.

Abigail Smulders: Pre-School Head

Mrs Abigail (Abi) Smulders has taken up the role as Head of our Pre-School on 1st January 2017. Abi was a teacher at Cornwall Hill College in their Pre-School but has had experience in two previous schools including that of a Preparatory School. She has a B.Ed. degree in early childhood development and is active in her own learning. She is married to Steven (a teacher at Cornwall) and is the mother of two children.

Tom Power
Tom was born in Zimbabwe in 1962 and is married to Sandy, an accountant and a St Dunstan’s Old Girl.  They have been parents at the school since 1997 when their son Kieran, who matriculated in 2011, entered Grade 000.  Tom served on the various PA’s from 1999 to 2010 where he was often to be found on the working side of the bar!

Tom began his IT career with Anglo American Life in 1982, followed by a few years with Standard Bank.  Not finding corporate IT fulfilling he moved into IT contracting in 1986 and, after a stint with Chase Manhattan in the UK, started his own software development company in 1993.

Dave Smith

Dave was born in London and moved to South Africa in 1967.  He was educated at CBC Boksburg were he matriculated in 1983.  He is married to Joanne and has a son in grade 12 at St Dunstan’s.

After school Dave obtained a Higher National Diploma in Metallurgy from Wits Technikon and a BSc Honours in Geography and Environmental Management from RAU.  He currently works as an Environmental Manager in the industry.  Dave has been the chairperson of the St Dunstan’s Conservancy since it’s inception in 2007.

Aidan Worrall

Aidan is a parent with 2 children at the College. His son is currently in grade 12 and is the Headboy at St Dunstan’s College and his daughter is currently in Grade 8. He matriculated at Benoni High School in 1987 and is currently employed as a Sales Manager & Export Director at Amchem.

Dylan Chicken

Born in Benoni and married to Jenny for 17 years.  They have a daughter Nicole, currently in Grade 9 at St Dunstan’s, and an 11 year old son Tristan.

Dylan studied Mechanical Engineering as a bursary student with Basil Read and worked in the construction industry with both Basil Read and Grinaker-LTA for a total of 14 years.  This working experience provided him with knowledge in both the contracting and financial fields.  He was appointed as Managing Director of McCarthy Heavy Equipment and then in 2010 he was employed by a Chinese multinational, Shantui Construction Machinery, as Managing Director of three subsidiaries to establish an African footprint through South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.  Not able to stay away from construction, Dylan is now back at Aveng Grinaker-LTA as Plant & Assets Executive.

Dylan’s management style is inclusive and participative.  His personal goals include taking pleasure in his daily activities, to work smarter and to build a legacy.  Dylan’s favourite company of all time is Apple Inc. and his hope is that South Africa realises its full potential as a transformed nation of innovators.

Dylan and his family are actively involved in their church and their favourite holiday destination is the Cape coast.

Rajen Govender: Chair of Remcom

Rajen has recently joined Weir Minerals Africa as the Executive Human Resources Director with effect from 1 September 2015.  Rajen has over twenty years of generalist Human Resources experience, having served in senior Human Resources roles across a variety of industries.  Rajen, before joining Weir was most recently Executive Director: Human Resources at BMG, and prior to this General Manager HR at Komatsu Southern Africa.  He has also held HR Director level roles with Murray & Roberts and prior to this at Supergroup Autoparts.  During his tenure in the above roles, Rajen has been involved in ERP deployments; merger and acquisition activities; and employment equity programme development and was responsible for the full HRfunction.

Rajen has also served as Executive committee member of the Employer Association SEIFSA, and Chairman of the Northern Cape Mine Managers Trust Fund, non-Executive Director at FL Smidth as well as trustee and Director of the Phetogo and Westvaal Trust Funds/Companies.

Rajen holds a degree in Social Science in addition to Industrial Relations qualifications.

Wandile James Makhubu

Born in Benoni in October 1958, James is married to Ellen and they are blessed with 3 children. James completed a B.Sc Degree at the University of the North, a B.Ed (Hons) at Wits University, and obtained an MSc from Northern Illinois University in the United States.

James taught at Mabuya High School between 1985 and 1991, and was then tasked with establishing a new school in 1992, Unity Secondary School, where he is Headmaster.

Colleen Becker: Centenary Project

Colleen is married to Glenn. They have 3 children and have been parents at the school from 1994 till 2011. Colleen chaired the PA in all 3 sections of the College as well as starting up the combined PA. She was also the Parent’s Representative on the Governing Body at the time.

Since the children have left the school, Colleen has been actively involved in the Old Dunstonian Association and started the Old Dunstonian Hockey Club in 2015.

Colleen began her IT career 1979. She has been a software developer until 2015 when she moved into Pre-sales and Technical Support for Rocket Software in South Africa. Colleen has always been actively involved in the life of St Dunstan’s College.

Robyn Begemann: Old Dunstonians

Born in Benoni (29/041987) and schooled at St Dunstan’s College (1994-2005)

BA Human Movement Science obtained from WITS University in 2008. BSc Honours in Biokinetics from WITS University in 2009. Benoni Aurora Rotaract President: 2014/2015. Old Dunstonian Chair: 2015- present.

Currently practicing in Bedfordview as a Biokineticist.

Ann Browne

Ann is an ex-officio member representing all three PAs of the College, forming the combined PA of which she is chair. She is a parent with two daughters at the school.

Ann’s portfolio is to advise council of the various functions performed by the 3 schools as well to what end the funds raised will be used.